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Community Health

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Community Health


The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Community Health is an online program that prepares students for careers in health and wellness as well as illness and injury prevention.

This fully online program is designed for the working professional. This provides the opportunity for convenience and flexibility for students who need to balance work and family commitments, while providing an excellent and affordable educational opportunity. What you learn in the program builds on your existing skills and degree. Learn about health promotion, disease and injury prevention, population health and other prudent community-based topics, as you prepare for jobs as a health educator, patient advocate, health navigator or case manager.

A new degree for the new health care world

As health care changes its focus from sick-care to well-care there is a growing demand for community health professionals. Jobs can be found in traditional health care settings, government agencies, public and community health, as well as insurance companies and employee wellness programs. TCC’s new BAS degree will prepare you for the new world of health care.

Builds on clinical knowledge

The new Community Health degree pairs your clinical background with public health theory and practice. The program is designed for working professionals in a health and human services related field, such as respiratory therapy, radiology technology, diagnostic medical sonography and paramedicine. 

BAS Information Sessions

Date Time Location
May 20, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 935 4023 8903

Password: 006401

July 1, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 967 4126 8753

Password: 005209

July 15, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 929 4545 1701

Password: 011251

July 29, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 975 7491 3770

Password: 012576

Aug. 12, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 976 7541 8562

Password: 001447

Aug. 26, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 973 9532 1804

Password: 007157

Sept. 2, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 982 8664 2077

Password: 007071

Sept. 16, 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Meeting ID: 930 8362 1048

Password: 001269



Three Tracks are Currently Offered

Community Health Track
Advanced Respiratory Care Track
Pre-Medical Track

In addition to core community health classes that address advocacy, informatics, health policy, population health and more, the Community Health track will explore such topics as:

  • environmental health
  • trauma as a community health issue
  • families as social systems
  • epidemic prevention
  • health, culture and diversity
  • community health professional capstone

There are no additional prerequisites for this track.

To learn more about this track, email your questions to bachelordegrees@tacomacc.edu

In addition to core community health classes that address advocacy, informatics, health policy, population health and more, the Advanced Respiratory Care track will explore such topics as:

  • tobacco and nicotine treatment
  • leadership for the health care professional
  • education in healthcare
  • advanced patient care
  • advanced respiratory care capstone

Additional prerequisites for this track include: Registered Respiratory Technician credential (RRT).

To learn more about this track, email your questions to bachelordegrees@tacomacc.edu

While creating this community health focused degree, TCC has kept in mind those students that want to pursue a career as a Physician or Physician Assistant (PA).  Our curriculum in the Pre-Medical Community health track has been aligned to meet the admission requirements for Physician Assistant and Medicine programs.

Some of the common requirements include:

  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Statistics
  • English
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Be sure to check with each of the programs you are interested in. Pay special attention to their specific distribution requirements. This information will be of great help when you are working with your faculty advisor to ensure you remain on the path to success. 


Who Can Apply?

Students and working professionals who have earned an Associate’s degree or equivalent degree in a human services or health care field.

Watch a pre-recorded information session for more information or try the virtual information session.
The Admission Virtual Information session is part of the BAS admission process.


Application Considerations

A health-related background demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • AAS-T/AAS degree or equivalent degree/credits in a human services or health-related field from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college level courses
  • AA or AS degree or equivalent credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses and one year of health-related experience
  • 70 college-level credits in an allied health-related field

Courses should include at least 20 credits of general education:

  • 5 credits of Composition (English 101)
  • 5 credits Humanities
  • 5 credits Social Science
  • 5 credits Natural Science w/lab
  • Eligibility for (or completion of) Math& 146 or another approved statistics class
  • Eligibility for (or completion of) 3-5 credits in Medical Terminology

Steps for Admission

1.  Apply for general admission to TCC.  If you are a returning student who has not attended classes for more than two quarters, please call 253-566-5325 to update your general information. The application is free.

2. Apply for specific admission to the CH BAS program. Complete the online BAS application. Please allow up to 30 school days for application review (will take longer when school is on break).

3.  Send an email to bachelordegrees@tacomacc.edu that includes:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume
  • Copy of any industry credentials or license # (if you have no credentials or license simply state that in the body of the email)
  • Certificate of Completion from the Virtual Information Session

4. Your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the requirements for admission.

5. You will receive an email letting you know if you meet the requirements or if there is more you need to do (allow 2 weeks for this - if you have not heard anything in 2 weeks please email bachelordegrees@tacomacc.edu).

6. If you meet the requirements you will receive directions on what to do next. Meeting the requirements does NOT guarantee entry into the Community Health BAS degree as admission is based on first come registration.

FINANCIAL AID: It is also very important that you begin the Financial Aid Process at the time of your application submission as it can take time to get everything in place. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov for the correct school year. Our school code is 003796. The 2020-21 school year begins with fall quarter 2020. The 2019-20 FAFSA will be based on 2019 income and 2019 tax return information.

Please check out this information to learn about more ways to pay for college

A Friendly Reminder

Don't forget to apply for general admission to TCC.

The application is free!


Do you have a question for us?

We are available to help you online via Zoom. 
Here you can talk to a staff member directly to get answers to your specific questions.
Please come join us! We are happy to help you!

Health, Business and Professional Services (HBPS) Zoom Lobby Information

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99980134503

Phone number to call in: 1-253-215-8782 and follow the prompts

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8013 4503

NOTE: You can also contact our department anytime and leave a voicemail at 253-566-5113, or reach us by email at tcchbps@tacomacc.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact Us

Andrea Cobb, Program Navigator

Brandon Censon, Faculty and Co-Chair